A glimpse into our home...
The girls have three million stuffed animals, which they lovingly refer to as "buddies." Here and there, Rich mentions "controlling" the buddy situation. I always gasp, "We can't do that!" They do actually play with them quite frequently so I would feel bad. Plus, I'm in the camp of "you're only a little kid once."
Emily's buddies are split into different families, mainly The Sparkle Family and The Gone Family. (Dog Gone is the dad of The Gone Family.) She was the one who originally implemented the Buddies Hang Out On The Couch All Day program. As you can see in this Christmas morning photo, Emily is transferring an armful of buddies from her bedroom to the couch.
See them on the couch?
That was a condensed group for the holiday.
I took these pictures last weekend to document a normal day. Here's Emily's couch -
And Allie's couch -
Anna's buddies were forced to hang out on the floor. I think they were taking a break after their gymnastics competition.
I look at it this way - it could be a lot worse. They could be tearing apart the house or zoning out in front of the television. I think that's a good parenting lesson to learn, especially when the kids are older. Are your kids really doing something that bad? I drove my parents crazy for years begging them to take me to and later to allow me to go NKOTB concerts. They were actually pretty good about it and stepped outside of their comfort zone. Years and year later (maybe when I was 30ish), there was some conversation going on about my NKOTB obsession and my dad said, "You know, I don't know why we gave you such a hard time about that. You were a good kid. You weren't out causing trouble or drinking or doing drugs. You just wanted to go to concerts." I didn't have kids back then but my dad's comment stuck with me. [Someone will have to remind me of this post when I tweet that I'm stuffing plugs into my ears at the next generation's Justin Bieber concert.]
Speaking of... I joined Twitter. We'll see how it goes. I do have to say that so far, I love my iPhone. You can find me @SarahJaneTriple. I just set it up last night so be forewarned that I'm a newbie.